Seeing Stars

Blog Hops with Heart is back with a “Seeing Stars” theme & I’m kicking things off this month! This is such a fun theme and I’m so excited to see what all the girls came up with! I technically didn’t use any stars on my layout, but I did use a STARburst cut file. That counts right? One of these days I think the girls are going to tell me I’ve gone too far off course with our themes! HA!

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I used the free Camp Glamp Cut File from Scrapbook Nerd that was designed by The Cut Shoppe.  I just recently had these photos printed from our 2013 Disney trip and when I was sorting them I literally laughed out loud at the facial expressions that my son was making while we were on the Teacups. I’m still laughing now just thinking about them! I knew I couldn’t choose just one photo and wanted to use them all. They were all printed at 4×6 and a couple of them were a little fuzzy because of the motion of the Teacup ride. I didn’t want to reprint them to a smaller size but I knew if I didn’t find a way to shrink down the size of the photos I would never fit them on one layout. That’s when I spied this cut file! PERFECT!

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I enlarged the cut file to 11.5 inches to make the center of the triangles as large as they could be. Even then I was worried they wouldn’t be large enough so I made them just a smidge bigger with the magic of Cricut Design Space and my craft knife. I cut the cut file on a patterned paper from Amy Tangerine’s Better Together Collection. This particular paper has a large, bold pattern and I love to use those types of papers for cut files! This paper also had a rainbow of XOXO’s and there was more pink than I was liking for the embellishments I was using so I used my watercolor paints to paint the pink XOXO’s into red XOXO’s.  After I had the photos in place I backed the remaining open spaces using an older Basic Grey Collection-Fact. I added hand stitched around the edge of those triangles and along the border of the cut file using white embroidery floss.

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I started adding embellishments which include Becky Higgin’s “High Five” Project Life chipboard pieces and ephemera from the Hip Kit Club. I used tall, skinny, glittery teal Thickers for my title. I added a few enamel dots & splatters from Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine.

I’ve also have process video so you can see how this layout came together!


This month is just a short hop, but it’s full of talent! Now it’s time to head to Becca Whitham’s Blog to see what she has created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Our Last Walk // The Cut Shoppe

Hi my scrappy friends! I have another layout to share for The Cut Shoppe. This layout uses my all time favorite alphabet set the Open Letter Alpha.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I struggled a bit with the design of this layout because the only 2 things I knew I wanted to use was the Open Letter Alpha Cut File & this photo. This photo was taken on the last walk home from school. Next year Aidan will move to a different building on a different campus that isn’t within walking distance from our home. I knew I wanted to document this because it’s a big milestone in our lives! I originally thought I would create a vertical design with the title at the top & the photo underneath but it just wasn’t working for me. So then I decided to go with the flow of the patterned paper. If you look closely there is a diagonal design to my background paper which is from the Hip Kit Club.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I started by placing my title, which is cut on white cardstock and then backed with a dark charcoal grey cardstock, at a diagonal towards the top left hand side of the paper. I then placed my photo underneath the title. I backed my photo using Project Life Cards & patterned papers from the Hip Kit Club. Once I had those two things in place I started embellishing. I grabbed ephemera pieces & puffy stickers from the Hip Kit Club, a silver heart from Freckled Fawn, and puffy sequin stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I recently purchased a printer and have been printing my journaling. Something I never thought I would do! I’ve always loved the idea of handwriting. Thinking of generations to come that will hopefully be looking at my scrapbooks and wondering if they would rather see my handwriting and typed journaling? I’m sure the answer would be my handwriting so I’m going to be sure to still incorporate my handwriting from time to time, but I love the clean look of typed journaling!!

Open Letter Alpha

I’ve put together a process video that shows how this layout came together. Including the process of how to use the Open Letter Alpha in Cricut Design Space.

Thanks for stopping by & remember to check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store!
Kelly Janes

AHSC #168

I’m back again with another card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

AHSC #168

For my card I used a white cardstock base and then cut a white panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangular Die. I then used a Heidi Swapp sunray stencil and Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create a sunburst on the panel. Next I mixed white modeling paste with retired CTMH Sky Re-inker. I wanted to create a sky scene so I scraped the colored modeling paste along a cloud stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop on a scrap piece of cardstock. Once it was dry I fussy cut out the clouds and then scattered them around the panel. I used Thin 3D Foam Tape for a little added dimension. I absolutely LOVE the texture of the clouds! I used a sentiment from the CTMH Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Stamp Set in CTMH Black Ink and I finished the card by adding a scattering of mini pearls.

AHSC #168

Now head to Atlantic Hearts to enter your papercrafting interpretation of sketch #168.


Thanks for stopping by!

The Cut Shoppe // Getting to Know You Blog Hop


Welcome to The Cut Shoppe-Getting To Know You Blog Hop! The term for the new design team started this month so we are taking a little time to introduce ourselves. If you’ve been hopping along in order you would have come from Zinia’s Blog. If you’ve started here you’ll still be able to make it all the way around because I have a full list of the hoppers below! Be sure to check it out so you don’t miss out on anyone’s projects! Each blog is offering a GIVEAWAY to The Cut Shoppe so be sure to read through my entire post to see how you can be entered to win!

First things first, let me introduce myself! My name is Kelly Janes and I’m so glad that you are hopping along with us! Ashley has come up with fun questions for each team member to answer so you can get to know us better, but before I jump into the questions I want to show you a project I created using the cut & fold Sassy Circles Cut File.

The Cut Shoppe/Blog Hop/Sassy Circles


I typically scrapbook photos are that 4×6 or smaller so this large 8×10 photo felt a little dooming. That is why it’s been sitting in my craft room since 2010! By using the photo to back the cut file I was able to hide the dark, empty areas on the photo. I used multiple products including patterned paper from the CTMH Magical Collection as my base. I love both sides of this paper-the subtle triangle pattern on the front & the yellow with the small white polka dot print. By using the cut & fold cut file I’m able to see both patterns on my layout! I also added embellishments from Simple Stories Say Cheese I & II, and other odds and ends from my stash.

The Cut Shoppe/Blog Hop/Sassy Circles

I also created a process video so you can see how it all comes together & it includes a tutorial showing you how I customized the cut file by moving the heart from the center of the circle to the bottom to better fit my photo.

Now here’s a little info so you can get to know me better!!

1. How many times in a week do you work on something scrapbook related?
I need to be able to dedicate at least a few hours when I walk into my craft room so I typically only scrapbook on the weekends. I work full time outside the home so it can be a little tricky to find time during the work week. I wish I could scrapbook for 15-20 minutes and then walk away but I like to be able to fully invest myself in the project. I do work on blog posts, social media, editing videos, etc throughout the week.

2. What’s your favorite subject to scrapbook?
This one is easy…My family! I love documenting our everyday moments and our adventures while on family vacations!

 3. What is your favorite color to use on your layouts/projects? What is your least favorite color?
I have two favorite colors….yellow & teal! My least favorite color? I’d have to say purple, mainly because I do not use that color very often.

4. Why do you like using cut files on your layouts/projects?
Cut files completely transformed the way I scrapbook! I love how versatile they are! They are like an embellishment and a feature design element wrapped in one!

5. What are some of your other favorite hobbies? If you were not a scrapbooker, what other hobby do you think would consume most of your time?
I enjoy reading and cooking. I don’t do either very often but I do enjoy it! If I wasn’t a scrapbooker another hobby that would consume my time…Is binge watching Netflix considered a hobby?!? Ha!! I would love to try gardening. I’ve tried it in the past and have failed every time!!

 6. Tell us 5 things we don’t know about you!
#1. My favorite Saturday morning tradition is to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on YouTube process videos before my kiddo or husband wake up.
#2. I collected papercrafting products (stamps, paper, embellishments, etc) for almost 2 full years before I did anything with them!
#3. I tried scrapbooking at a younger age (14 or 15 years old) with my mom and sister and hated it! I went to a crop with them and actually left early because I was bored out of my mind!! I started my collecting phase after I was married because I wanted to scrapbook our wedding, but I didn’t dive in head first until after my son was born. Now it’s one of the things I’m most passionate about!
#4. I’m addicted to Pretty Little Liars! I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but it’s the only thing I watch when I scrapbook. Don’t judge me! HA!
#5. If you watched my process video or have been following my blog then this isn’t a surprise, but I’m a Cricut user! Stay tuned for more process videos showing how I use cut files in Cricut Design Space.
TCS Giveaway
Now onto the GIVEAWAY! It’s simple & easy to enter the giveaway! Just leave a comment on this blog post by July 10th. (To leave a comment-click the number at the top of the page next to the title) A winner will be chosen randomly & will receive a $5 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store. The winner will be announced on The Cut Shoppe Blog on July 13th so be sure to check there to see if you were one of the lucky winners!!
Next up on the hop is Enza!
And here is the entire list of hoppers in order just in case you get lost as you are making your way through the hop!
Kelly Janes <—-You are here
Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly Janes